Toyota Mirai seen in Kuching service centre – second-gen hydrogen fuel cell car joining Sarawak state fleet?

Toyota Mirai seen in Kuching service centre – second-gen hydrogen fuel cell car joining Sarawak state fleet?

Here’s something interesting from Kuching, specifically the Borneo Mobility service centre in Sarawak’s capital. It looks like a Lexus at a glance but this black saloon is actually the Toyota Mirai, the hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle that has taken a much sleeker and dynamic form for the second generation.

Launched in Japan in late 2020, today’s Mirai sits on the GA-L full-size RWD version of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, as used by the Lexus LS and LC. If you remember its awkward-looking predecessor, you won’t be surprised that this new one is longer (+85 mm) and wider (+70 mm), but lower (-65 mm). At 2,920 mm, the wheelbase is 140 mm longer.

The Mirai utilises three tanks to store the hydrogen fuel used to power its electric motor, and this has resulted in range being increased to 850 km, or 30% more than the original Mirai with two tanks. The record is 1,360 km per fill. Despite the extra tank, the repackaging of the fuel cell layout has allowed for additional seating in the second row, making this car a five-seater. A pretty luxurious one too – check out the pics below.

By the way, the Mirai can be an emergency power source during emergency and disasters situations, offering electricity through two different power supply routes. The first is through connecting the car’s external power supply outlet to a dedicated external DC electric power supply system. Operating under this guise, it can supply a maximum of 9 kW DC.

The AC path feeds electricity (100 volts, 1,500 watts) through two accessory outlets to power devices. This emergency electricity supply system is capable of providing electricity to an ordinary household (in Japan) for about four days at an average consumption rate of 400 Wh, Toyota says.

Another novelty is the premise of “minus emissions”, in which an air purifier system takes in air and cleans it (down to PM2.5 particulate level) for use in the fuel cell stack before releasing the purified air back into the atmosphere.

So, what’s a Mirai doing here? Is UMW Toyota Motor looking to launch the hydrogen FCEV? Anything is possible, but we won’t be betting on that happening anytime soon. It’s no coincidence that a hydrogen-powered car is spotted in Sarawak, as the state is a pioneer in the country (and even the region) in championing hydrogen vehicles.

Over in Kuching, you’ll find a multi-fuel Petros-branded station offering regular petrol and diesel as well as water-based hydrogen refuelling and electric charging for regular EVs. The Darul Hana station is built, owned and operated by Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC), and a few more are in the works.

The Borneo state has plans to start large-scale commercial production and export of hydrogen by 2027, and there’s also news about a hydrogen FCEV assembly plant in Kuching. State electric utility company Sarawak Energy runs two units of the Hyundai Nexo FCEV, and Sarawak Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Openg personally has one of the hydrogen-powered SUVs too, leading by example.

So, is the Toyota Mirai a new addition to the state fleet, or is it Abang Jo’s new personal ride? Is Toyota the yet to be named company setting up a hydrogen FCEV plant in Sarawak? We’ll see.

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Danny Tan

Danny Tan loves driving as much as he loves a certain herbal meat soup, and sweet engine music as much as drum beats. He has been in the auto industry since 2006, previously filling the pages of two motoring magazines before joining this website. Enjoys detailing the experience more than the technical details.

 

Comments

  • Hydrogen FC is the future.
    Glad that we are looking into Hydrogen as an alternative for future mobility.

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    • Sohai on Dec 22, 2022 at 4:24 pm

      EV : the battery ( very highly toxic ) , the generate of energy by burning coal ( more dirty then gasoline) . Pls don’t fool by the mask man that EV is green… sohai betoi…

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  • Piano on Dec 22, 2022 at 3:51 pm

    Yes, bring it in

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  • BOYRACER on Dec 22, 2022 at 4:36 pm

    There were 4 units came to Kuching..last month I think..direct from Japan..must be belongs to SEB or SEDC.. most probably the former .i think i know this place

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  • EVMatters on Dec 22, 2022 at 5:02 pm

    MANY uneducated peopel condemmed Power Stations. Maybe they should STOP using electricity and return to the “Stone Age”. As for FOSSIL fuel …ICE are main cause of lung cancer, respitory illeness, etc. Yet every morning we wake up to BREATH toxic fumes from Cars, m/cycles/Buses/lorries. 24/7 ……. Because ICE are every where. As for Power stations …. ALL are built away from Population areas due to obvious reasons. So … 100% of us live NEAR a power station? BUT … 100% will breath the TOXIC fumes from ICE .

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    • QuackMcGuffin on Dec 29, 2022 at 5:10 pm

      Why are you barking about ICE cars here? Man, extreme EV fanatics can be braindead, sometimes.

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  • Pilble on Dec 22, 2022 at 5:42 pm

    Hydrogen is good. UMW bring this quickly

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